My friends and I headed towards the University District. On the way, we decided to take a quick detour down the "Ave" (University Way) and later down frat row. We did, after all, have three Seattle U Redhawk flags flying from the roof of the truck, so why not show our Redhawk spirit? As we turned on to NE 45th street, we saw plenty of stares, jaws drop and looks of amazement. We were not sure if the looks were of confusion or antagonism, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
Arriving at a pub in the University District, we noticed we were some of the few Redhawks in attendance. Seeing some fellow Redhawks waiting for a seat, we gladly shared our table and a few words of encouragement before walking to Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed). I wondered if this would be like the blowout game two years ago, when the Huskies beat the Redhawks 123-76, yet hoped for a much better outcome.
Seattle U won possession from the opening tip-off and scored first, and the UW fans were quickly put on notice that this would indeed be a ball game. Tonight the Redhawk fans were clearly a minority, but well represented nonetheless. As the game progressed and it increasingly became clear this would be a close game, the Redhawk fans showed their support. Most Husky possessions resulted in an orchestrated chant of "de-fense" by the Redhawk fans, led by the enthusiastic MADD grads and cheer squad. As the game continued, the Washington fans clearly became increasingly nervous, concerned and spirited. It soon became clear that win or lose, one thing was certain; the Chieftains had returned. With a new name of Redhawks but same brilliant color of red, Seattle U had restored the intra-city rivalry with our collegiate neighbor across town. Redhawks and Huskies alike welcomed this restoration of competition. As the game concluded and the Husky players and fans celebrated their victory, it seemed as though the rivalry had never ended, but had just paused between seasons ... 1958 ...1970 ... 1980 ... 2010 .. 2012 ... The tradition continues ...
Joe Hueffed,'93, MBA '98
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